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We strive to make the process of estate planning and estate administration as simple and straightforward as possible. At American Wills and Estates we speak to our clients in plain English, and we are sensitive to the fact that many of our clients are still grieving the loss of a loved one. Our number one goal is to put our clients at ease and to reassure them with competency and compassion in their times of need.


  • What is a Durable Power of Attorney and Why Should I Have One?

    For most of us, a Durable Power of Attorney is one of the most important estate planning documents that we will ever put in place. Whereas a Last Will and Testament addresses what will happen to our estates and assets after we have died, a Durable Power of Attorney addresses what will happen in the event that we should become incapacitated during our own... Read More

  • Why Plan Your Estate?

    The understanding that we will eventually die is one of the things that sets us apart from other living beings. Nevertheless, none of us likes to contemplate our own mortality. However, if we simply choose to postpone planning for our demise until it is too late, we run the risk that our intended beneficiaries – those we love the most – may not receive... Read More

  • Federal Estate Taxes… What’s the deal for 2011?

    A bipartisan tax agreement recently unveiled by the Senate would be generous to taxpayers who die leaving large estates. The agreement would add to the Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization and Job Creation Act of 2010 to H.R. 4853, an airport and airway trust fund tax bill. The act added to H.R. 4853 would be a modified version of a tax... Read More

  • Do Your Parents Have Effective Estate Planning in Place?

    The mere idea of having a talk with our elderly parents about their finances and estate planning is enough to make most of us run in the opposite direction. Won’t they think we’re just making a grab for their cash or invading their privacy? As painful as such a conversation might be, such communication is often the key to helping ensure that our parents... Read More

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